NT TO THE ! EYANPAHA '
Christmas, the greatest festival
dUrill^ the vear and one of
joyous, especially fur children,
who anxiously await Santa Clans
with * well filled pack, was eele-
U rated will] usual jo\ and happiness
at Fort 'P., Hen. Each one en-
deavored unuaueir a "Merry Christ-
mas" in every sense, of die. word.
All the Indians bj'gatl to nss.-iu
ble at St. Michael's old mission
from early inOxiiitig ' 'hris; nins eve.
to prepare in a christian manner, to
celebrate the birth-da v ..f our Di
vine Saviour., U.V approaching the
Sacrament of Penance and offering
to our infant God., whom they re-
ceived iii Holy Coritiriuiiiqii, a dwell-
ing place in thetr hearts, .so full ql
simple faith a,nd love that truly
those poor Indians poss€
peace promised' to men of good will.
announced by the Angels on the
first great Christmas morning.
About (5 P. M. they began to enter
10] house, where in the larg-
est room tlfefe were two I
Christmas fcr^es tastefully decorated
"11, With all kinds
las gifts. No oue. was for-
gotten from the youngest ,,, ,.;,,.
dear old grandpa am! gi ■;, u-luia and
each one received his or her present
with a light, happy h ., .
dear one hail rerneniuered theni.
All rejoiced, not for the,, '.I'.
the gift but, for that,
one loves and appreciates, a kind.
thoughtful, greatfnj heart. During
tiiis meeting speeches were made by
the teen, jo which they expressed
their gratitude to Almighty God for
l&t grace of, bavin.; |
them out of the darkness of iiiJtdeli-
ty to the light of the tru
They then partook of a good supper.
At 12' A. M. the bell of their nice-
ly decorated little 'church joyously
chimed forth calling all to
Mass. The church was crowded to
the number of three huodi
joined in singing the high Mass
whieh they did in a trulv praise-
worthy manner. Wi^n all
was about 2 A. M. Father
Jerome "then started for the mission
of Oui Lady of Seven Dolos where,
he arrived at 3-30 A. M. ,
his second Mass ai 6 A. M. and gave
Holy Communion ti
The £' rl wake at 5
wishing a Merry Christmas
•nd to each oti
trying wdio would be the first to visit
a beautiful little crib erected in their
sitting-room, and to ask the bless-
ing of the Divine Infant Jesus.
At 10 A. M. the third Mass was
celebrated and a most instructive
sermon given. At "2 1 J . M. we had
Vespers followed by Benediction of
the Messed Sacrament. At 3:30 L'.
XT. our little entertainment began.
There were present. Major Hall and
I. adv. Mr. and Mrs. Can field with
the employes and a large number of
his si -hool children, many of the
white people from the Fort and also
.quire a number of the Indian*
though they were fatigued from tie
Il Opened bv the singing of a
Christmas song bv the junior pupils
followed by "The Star of Beth-
lehem," sung b« the larger pupils.
The next exercise was, sixteen little
Fairies dressed in different odors,
with little bells attached to their
custome, they sang and danced.
Then came a "Christmas Exercise"
with Santa Claus, , birds, trees and
snow-flakes, in which tyventv one of
the children, boys and girls took
part. Last but, not least, came that
which most interested us, the distri-
bution of the Christmas presents,
with which a very nice Christmas
tree was loaded. Our names were
called by Santa Glaus and we lost
no time in answering. All hearts
were gay and wiih our so noxiously
desired gifts in our hands we cheer-
fully sang -good uiodit gentle, folks," j
which ended 'Our little feast.
Sunday twenty seventh was the
feast of St. John the Evangelist,'
name-day of our dearly beloved
Bishop Shanlev, but, it being Sun-j
dav we had to post-pnne our play-
day till Mondav. which we did not 1
forget to take with right good will j
from morning till late in the evening
in honor of our good Bishop.
New- Year's day we bad high Mass
at 10 A. M. after which all the In-
dians came into the school to ,wish
the Sisters a "Happy New-Year."
After dinner we all went into the
reception hall where we gladly
greeted our dear parents who where
awaiting us. We spent the remain
der of the afternoon in their com-
pany and enjoyed ourselves to qur
hearts content.; Now, dear friends
may your New Year be a bright and
happy one. and we hope in our next
Supplement to lifve the pleasure of
reading many letters from Rosebud.
Pine Ridge, Standing Rock, &c. telling
us how you spent the joyous festival
of Christmas soul N'ew Year.
On k of the I Vrn.s.
,T. FRANCIS MISSION,
ROSEBUD AGENCY. S. DAK.
Dec. 10, 1896.
Dear Father Jerome;—
In answer to your kind invitation for
us to visit the •'Eyanpaha" again, we
i.l have chosen this month as it gives
i s an opportunity to offer dear Father
Jerome and all the Readers of that
^ood Paper a "Merry Christmas" and a
"Happy New- Year.''
We have the largest school here this
year that has ever been since the Mis-
ion opened.- There are about 200 imall.
In our class there are about 56 boys.
Very Rev. Father Van Rofisimi S. J.
.Void Canisius College, Buffalo N. Y.
•vas here on his nameday,the feast of
St. Theodore. We enjoyed it very
much. In tie morning we had the
congratulation which consisted of songs
and addresses appropriate for the occa-
sion. In the evening we gave an enter-
'ainmen.t which pleased him very much.
This is the second time that good Fa
ther Superior has come to us to celebrate
his nameday. He is so good and kind
that we are always sorry to see him go
away again. He came in class and ex,
amined us and after tie heard the read-
ing of our monthly reports and saw
that English speaking was in.
it he 1 at the names of those
boys and girls be send him who should
receive 100 per cent for the next mouth
in Good Conduct and Speaking English
Twenty two of our class were perfect
in English, but only eighteen received
100 for Good Corduct and English,
both. We tried very bard, for it is not
an easy task, not to speak one word
On Oct. 28th Sister M. Boniface went
from here to Pine Ridge and Sister M.
Ambrose came here in her place. Dur-
ing the night a severe blizzard cmae on
and the Sisters could not venture out
until the second day; then they started,
and although they came near being
thrown out several times on account of
the snow-drifts which were from 4 to 5
feet deep, they, at last, came within
four miles of the Mission but there
they were lodged in a drift and could
not get put. The single-trees were brok-
en and nothing was to be done but for
the driver to go to the Mission for help.
During this time the Sistors were sit-
ting in the wagon, for the snow was too
deep for them to walk home. When
the man came to the Mission we all
helped and soon a heavy wagon and
four of the largest horses in the Mis-
sion were on the way to pull the broken
wagon out of the snow and about two
and a half hours afterwards they all re-
turned safe to the Mission.
Just a few days before Rev. Father
Perrig went to Ponca 100 miles from
here to visit a dying man, and alter the
blizzard was over, he started on his
homeward route. His ho, 806 and wag
on broke through the ice in three places
arid he himself had to wade in the water
almost, to his shoulders and could not
get them across the creek, but had to
pull his wagon out on the same side
from where be. started. Then he had
to unload his wagon and carry every
thing across and slide the emptywagon
over the ice. At the last place,
they went in so deep that only the
horses could be gotten out and the
wagon was left in the creek. That,
night Rev. Father and a boy he had
with him had to spend the night in a
clump of bushes as they could not find
the way to any dwelling. Next morn-
ing they reached... Mr. Jno. Cordier's
but Fa.th.'i Pet rig's foot was. -badly
frozen and Mr. Cordier had to bring,
him home. He has not entirely recov-
ered yet. Those were two terrible
blizzards that we had and gave us boys
plenty of work to do to clear away the
snow. The snow did not drift up around
the house only; it came inside in many
places and some of the inhabitants of the
Mission awoke with snow on the
Old. settlers Bay it was the worst
blizzard they ever saw as early as No-
virL-iu-r. it tr as reported that several
Indians' were frozen to death. Once
more .dear Father Jerome our best wish-
ts for Christmas and New-Y'ear.
We remain, Your loving Indian boys
of St. Francis Mission.
(By Chas. A. Spotted Tail.)
HOLY ROSARY MISSION
SCHOOL, DEC. 9, 189(5.
Dear Rev. Father Jerome: -
big boys that wrote to yon before
are all gone, 1 thought J would write
to let you know how we are at Holy
Rosary Mission. 1 can not write a
very long letter, yet J will try my
best to tell vou as much as 1 can.
1 like to go to school, and 1 did
not miss a dav since the beginning
of this session. We go to school half
a clav and work the other half. 1
am in the Fourth Reader- 1 like to
read and learn as much as I can. 1
was working in the garden this fall
but now we are finished, and split
and haul wood and work about the
farm-yard. There are about 65 boys
We have many kinds of games to
play in our recreation room. This
fall the good brother built another
play-room beside our old one, and so
in one room the little boys plav & in
the other the older boys have games
and read. A year ago 1 was at
Standing Rock,, at St. 1'ei. edict's
iiisshin, 1 was there a year. I saw
you at the Congress at Oak Creek,
but 1 think you did not see me.
I know Patrick Kennedv from
Standing Rock, he was at St. Bene-
dict's Mission. Jt had been rather
cold ias-t month but now it is warm
again. On Thanksgiving ne had a
nice time, we had free all day. Ai
half past eight o'clock we »11 went 1.0
the chapel to High .Mass. And in the
afternoon we went on th'e ice, and
had very much fun.' In the evening
'we had a Magic Lantern exhibition
We are anxiously waiting for
■Christinas, as we hope to have a nice
lime. )>y the time this readies vou.
Christinas and New Year will be at.
inind. Therefore, i wish vou, dear
Rev. Father, L 'A .Merry Christmas,
and a happy New Year."
Yours most respectful I v.
Feast k Jakyis.
HOLY ROSARY MISSION,
PINti RIDGE AGENCY, ft. DAK.
' Dear Rev •■ . ■ .me
With the greatest pleasure I will
write to you and "let you know that we
are all well at the Mission and tell you
nil the news I can think of. Dear Rev.
Father, many girls and people were con
firmed here at the Congress and many
people v.-ere here ftom Standing Rock,
Rosebud and Cherry Creek. Rt. Rev.
Bishop Marty was here too. Next time
f he Congress will b^ at Rosebud.
Rev. Mother Cecilia from Buffalo
was here in October. We said pieces
for her and sarg. We had a good time
at Thanksgiving-day, and in the eve
ning 'Rev. Father showed us pictures
in the hall. We will all pray for you
and hope you will do the same. We
are all very glad that Christmas is near,
and we are learning pieces and songs
for an entertainment. There are about
ninety girls and seventy boys at school
here. Rev. Father Jutz went away and
Father Bosch is here now. Rev. Father
Lindebner goes around to give, the peo-
ple instructions and baptizes them. I
will now close my letter sending best
regards to you. I remain your
of Rt, Rev. Bishop Marty many people
came in the chapel, and the choir sang
"Fece Sacerdos" and 'Salve Regina."
After this we received the blessing
from our dear Rev. Bishop. Then the
people went iu procession to the meet
iug house where they all kissed the
Rev. Bishop's ring and shook hands
with all the Fathers.,,, The following
Sunday many people went to Holy
Communion, and after Mass more than
a hundred were confirmed. Rev. Fa
ther Jutz went away before Congress,,
and Rev. Father Bosch is here now and
Rev. Father Lindebner goes around to
instruct the people. When Rev. Moth-
er Cecilia * a Sister from Buffalo came
to the Mission in October we stood in
the front yard to greet them. Dear Rev.
Father, I will now tell you how many
children are here at school, there are
,about ninety .girls and seventy, boys.
On thanksgiving day we had a nice
time, in the evening we went in the
hall and Rev. Father Lindebner showed
us nice pictures and'Rev. : Father Bosch
explained them to us. Yesterday we
had High Mass.
Wishing you a Merry Chris mas and
a Happy New Year, I remain
Your loving child,
Holy Rosarv Mission.
Dec." 9, 1898.
ir Rev. Father Jerome; —
HOLY ROSARY MISSION. Dec. 9, ,96.
Dear Rev. Father Jerome:—
I will now take the pleasure to write
to you this evening aod tell you a little
about the Congress. There were many
people here, and we had high Mass
three times out doors. At the reception
As it is quite
a long time since I have written to
you, I will now write with the greatest
pleasure, and tell some news about
Holy Rosary Mission. First I will
tell you about the Congress. We
had solemn High Mass every morn-
ing at ten o'clock and meeting in the
afternoon, and on Sunday many went
to Holy Communion and were con-
firmed. On Thanksgiving day we
had a very nice time. During the
dav we played games and read story
books, and in the evening we went in
the Hal! and Rev. Father Lindebner
showed us pretty pictures with the
Yesterday, the feast of the Imma-
culate Conception, we all went to
Holv Communion. At present we
are all busy practicing pieces arid
songs for our little Christmas enter-
tainment. Wishing you also a
Merry Christmas and a Happy New
Year. I remain
We have yet some very nice letters
from Pine Ridge, but we cannot pub-
lish them in this number. They will
appear in February.